Pictorial 2013 – Part 3

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I took more than 7000 photos during 2013. Most of them were while I was at the football. Almost all were rubbish.

But amongst all the dross I did manage to squeeze out a few decent shots. During my holiday down time I skimmed through my efforts and pulled out the best thirty.

Here’s the final part of the trilogy. These photos come with a heavy WaiBOP United focus, which is not surprising given my involvement with that franchise this season.

Each photo comes with a little story that helps define my 2013 season.

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21. Surrounded: this pic pretty much sums up the way Waitakere City snuffed out Melville United’s Chatham Cup run in the semi-finals. It was good fun while it lasted.

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22. Grinners are winners: coaching my boys was one of the highlights of my season. The smiles alone were reward enough.

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23. The Godfather: Enzo Giordani leads the way for football blogging in NZ. His site is well established, consistently updated and, most importantly, loaded with top quality content. I can’t wait to see what my favourite Roma fan comes up with in 2014.

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24. Roto-Vegas: Rotorua International Stadium is one of the best mid-sized sports grounds in the country. It was great to get a behind-the-scenes look at how a top level game runs when the Phoenix and NZ ‘A’ visited at the end of September.

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25. I can fly: it’s not often you see a footballer nearly horizontal when competing for a header. This pic was taken at the WaiBOP United v Hawke’s Bay United pre-season friendly, which was played at Taupo’s Crown Park.

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26. We have fans!: I travelled with some of WaiBOP United’s players to Rotorua’s Otonga Primary School a couple of days before the team’s opening ASB Premiership match. They were mobbed. Just about anything that could be signed was signed. I’m guessing there would have been a few unhappy Mums that evening…

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27. I see you: my family have travelled to almost all of WaiBOP United’s games this season. They seem to be enjoying it so far, particularly Theo, my youngest. The brainwashing continues…

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28. They want to play where?: when we announced Cambridge’s John Kerkhof Park as the home venue for WaiBOP United there were more than a few eyebrows raised. After two games the move has already proved to be a sensible decision. That was achieved with a fair amount of stress and sleepless nights, particularly ahead of the first game against Hawke’s Bay United.

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29. Hello? Is anyone there?: 22,000 empty seats turned up to watch Wanderers SC play WaiBOP United in their ASB Premiership match. By the time the match got underway, however, a few people were present. In fact, twice as many people turned out than were at WaiBOP’s match at defending champs, Waitakere United, a fortnight later.

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30. Squish: it’s always fun to get a shot of a football moulding itself around a player’s head. Here WaiBOP United’s Takahiro Yokota deals to the shiny white Nike sphere.

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Click here for part 1. Click here for part 2.

That’s it for my final, space-filling, post referencing 2013.

The New Year as begun positively with the Phoenix recording a great away win in Sydney on New Year’s Day then Spurs won at Old Trafford. I can only hope things continue in similar vein for the rest of the year.

And I hope I can fire off a few more decent football pics as well.

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